Maintenance and Rehabilitation


Wayehutta ATV Trail System - North Carolina

New bridge on the Wayehutta ATV Trail System.

Old logging roads and rail beds were used for the trail system.

The Wayehutta Trail System is located in the heart of the Southern Appalachians in the Ron Taylor Forest. This 28-mile loop trail system uses many old logging roads and rail beds used long ago to take the timber down the mountain to market. There are numerous bridges and culverts for stream crossings, silt fencing to keep dirt out of streams, and many, many dirt berms to control erosion on the trails.

From the beginning, one of the goals of this project was to protect the pure waters that flow through the area, home to trout as well as many other creatures. The trail system is in excellent shape because of innumerable erosion-controlling dirt berms, and even during torrential downpours, the streams run clean.

The CRT would like to recognize the Smoky Mountain ORV Club for the hard work and enthusiasm that they put forth to help complete this outstanding project. Present in Washington, DC to accept the award for the Wayehutta Trail System were Nancy Minard, Andy Minard, Melanie Broom, Amber Broom, Bill Blythe, Neal Blythe, and Rachel Blythe of the Smokey Mountain Club.

More winners of this award

2023: Royal Palm Beach Pines Trails System

2021: Statewide Fourteeners Maintenance

2021: Neahkahnie Mountain to Manzanita Trail

2020: Cal-Ida connector Trail

2019: Stage Coach Trail Improvements - Vermont

2018: Horseshoe Bend Park Trail Restoration - New Jersey

2017: Alaka'i Swamp Trail - Hawaii

2016: Cochran Mill Park Trail - Georgia

2015: Ice Age Trail - Wisconsin

2014: Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area - Pennsylvania

2014: Sawyer Trail Project/Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area - Louisiana

2013: Northern Erie Sno-Seekers Trail Grooming - New York

2012: Lombard Trail - Idaho

2011: Musselshell Trail System - Idaho

2010: Rampart Range OHV Development (Phase Three) - Colorado

2009: Kings Campground and Trailhead Project - California

2008: Storms' Crossing - Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Trail - South Dakota

2007: Cary Bayou Trail - Texas

2006: Wyoming State Trail Crew

2005: Kerby Peak Trail - Oregon

2004: Teton Wilderness Maintenance and Rehabilitation Projects - Wyoming